June 21, 2000 - Bush Closes Gap To Tie Gore In Connecticut, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Lieberman Has 5 - 1 Lead Over Unknown
Texas Gov. George W. Bush has closed a 9-point gap and now ties Vice President Al Gore among Connecticut voters, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today. Vice President Gore has 43 percent to Gov. Bush's 42 percent.

In an April 13 poll by the independent Quinnipiac University, Vice President Gore led Gov. Bush 48 - 39 percent among Connecticut voters.

In a four-way race, with Pat Buchanan as the Reform Party candidate and Ralph Nader as the Green Party candidate, Bush and Gore get 38 percent each, with 9 percent for Nader and 3 percent for Buchanan.

"Gov. Bush has rebounded in the latest Quinnipiac University Poll. Although neither Presidential candidate is especially popular in Connecticut, Bush's favorability numbers have moved up since April. One reason for Bush's improvement is that he has successfully framed the debate in the last few months of the campaign," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz.

Bush gets a negative 30 - 34 percent favorability rating among Connecticut voters, with 29 percent mixed and 7 percent saying they haven't heard enough about him to form an opinion. Bush had a negative 27 - 40 percent favorability in the April 13 Quinnipiac University poll.
Favorability ratings among other candidates are:
                  Favorable      Unfavorable      Mixed      No Opinion
Gore                 32%             36%           25%           5%
Buchanan              7              53            16           23
Nader                24              25            21           29
Waterbury Mayor
   Philip Giordano    4               9             7           79
Sen. Joe Lieberman   55               9            18           17

Senate Race


Democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman has a 68 - 13 percent lead over his Republican challenger, Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano. Sen. Lieberman also enjoys a 72 - 14 job approval rating.

"It is going to be extremely difficult for Mayor Giordano to defeat Sen. Lieberman, who starts his bid for a third term with a 55-point lead over the virtually unknown challenger. Lieberman wins among every group, even Republicans," Schwartz said.

"Lieberman is the only statewide elected official in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut whose job approval rating consistently hits the 70 percent mark. His ability to attract the support of the opposite party is remarkable. No wonder there is talk about Lieberman as the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate."

From June 13 - 19, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,328 Connecticut registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percent.

The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as a public service and for research. For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Rowland is handling his job as Governor of Connecticut?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 66% 84% 58% 63% 66% 67% Disapprove 23 9 31 26 26 21 DK/NA 10 6 11 11 8 13



2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling his job as President?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 55% 26% 85% 52% 52% 57% Disapprove 42 72 14 43 45 39 DK/NA 4 2 1 5 3 4



2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 72% 64% 78% 74% 70% 73% Disapprove 14 21 9 14 18 11 DK/NA 14 15 13 13 11 16



3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Dodd is handling his job as United States Senator?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 64% 43% 81% 66% 63% 66% Disapprove 21 41 9 19 25 18 DK/NA 14 15 11 15 12 16



6. How much attention have you been paying to the election campaign for President -- a lot, some, only a little, or none at all?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


A lot 29% 42% 25% 26% 36% 23% Some 45 40 52 45 41 47 Only a little 21 14 20 24 19 24 None at all 5 4 3 5 4 6 DK/NA - - - - - -



7. Is your opinion of Al Gore favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 32% 11% 59% 27% 31% 34% Unfavorable 36 68 11 36 44 30 Mixed 25 16 24 31 22 28 Haven't hrd enough 5 4 6 5 2 8 REFUSED - - - 1 - 1



8. Is your opinion of George W. Bush favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 30% 63% 8% 26% 35% 26% Unfavorable 34 8 57 33 31 35 Mixed 29 24 27 34 27 30 Haven't hrd enough 7 4 8 7 6 8 REFUSED 1 1 - - - 1



9. Is your opinion of Pat Buchanan favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 7% 11% 5% 7% 9% 6% Unfavorable 53 52 57 51 57 49 Mixed 16 18 10 18 15 16 Haven't hrd enough 23 17 27 22 17 28 REFUSED 1 1 1 1 1 1



10. Is your opinion of Ralph Nader favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 24% 18% 28% 26% 24% 25% Unfavorable 25 41 18 20 32 18 Mixed 21 15 21 25 20 22 Haven't hrd enough 29 24 32 29 23 34 REFUSED 1 1 - 1 - 1



11. If the election for President were being held today and the candidates were Al Gore the Democrat and George W. Bush the Republican for whom would you vote?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Gore 43% 11% 81% 38% 39% 47% Bush 42 83 11 41 48 36

SOMEONE ELSE(VOL) 3 2 1 5 3 3 WOULDN'T VOTE(VOL) 3 1 2 4 4 3 DK/NA 9 3 5 13 6 12



12. If the election for President were being held today and the candidates were Al Gore the Democrat, George W. Bush the Republican Pat Buchanan the Reform Party candidate, and Ralph Nader the Green Party candidate for whom would you vote?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Gore 38% 9% 75% 32% 34% 43% Bush 38 79 9 37 45 32 Buchanan 3 2 1 4 4 2 Nader 9 5 6 13 9 9

SOMEONE ELSE(VOL) 1 1 1 2 2 1 WOULDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 1 2 2 1 2 DK/NA 8 3 5 11 6 11



13. (If expressed choice in Q12) Is your mind made up, or do you think you might change your mind before the election? * Not enough Buchanan voters to analyze their response on Q13.

                                    Gore      Bush      Nader
                          Total     Vtrs      Vtrs      Vtrs


Made up 53% 55% 57% 33% Might change 46 44 42 67 REFUSED 1 1 1 -



17. Is your opinion of United States Senator Joseph Lieberman favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 55% 47% 60% 57% 55% 55% Unfavorable 9 12 7 9 13 6 Mixed 18 24 15 18 17 19 Haven't heard enough 17 17 18 16 15 19 REFUSED - - 1 - - -



18. Is your opinion of Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 4% 5% 4% 4% 5% 4% Unfavorable 9 4 14 8 10 8 Mixed 7 6 7 7 7 7 Haven't heard enough 79 84 75 80 78 80 REFUSED 1 1 1 1 1 1



19. If the election for United States Senator from Connecticut this November were being held today and the candidates were Joseph Lieberman the Democrat and Philip Giordano the Republican for whom you would vote?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Lieberman 68% 47% 84% 71% 66% 70% Giordano 13 31 3 10 16 10 SOMEONE ELSE (VOL) 1 1 1 1 1 1 WOULDN'T VOTE (VOL) 3 3 3 3 3 3 DK/NA 15 18 9 15 13 16